Strasbourg is the capital of the Alsace region of France and is most widely known for hosting a number of important European institutions. It is also famous for its beautiful historical center – the Grande Île – which was the first city center to be classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Strasbourg is a popular tourist destination primarily thanks to the beautifully preserved and pedestrian friendly city center, which can be explored on foot or bicycle in a few days. Don’t forget that Strasbourg’s appeal now brings tourists to the city throughout the year, with large tour groups especially frequent during the summer months and during the annual winter market. Staying for a few days will allow you to see the city when it’s calmest, first thing in the morning and during the evening. You will surely enjoy it here if you choose to visit.
You must see Cathédrale Notre Dame – built between 1176 and 1439 and with a 142 meter tower (the highest cathedral tower in France), the cathedral is undoubtedly Strasbourg’s finest architectural highlight. Just nearby on place du Château is the Musée de l’Oeuvre Notre Dame – a splendid museum of medieval religious art related to the cathedral. Places you should also consider visiting are:
Palais des Rohan, a French style palace, built after the acquisition of the town by the French (1681). Home to the Museum of Fine Arts, the Archaeological Museum and the Museum of Applied Arts.
Musée Alsacien, the museum that features articles from the daily lives of Alsatian peoples from the 13th to 19th centuries: clothing, furniture, toys, tools of artisans and farmers, and religious objects used in Christian, Jewish, and even pagan rites. The exhibits are in rooms connected by wooden staircases and balconies in adjacent multistory Renaissance-era houses around a central courtyard.